January 30, 2007

News Bites - January 30

- Iggy is back. The Stooges have released "My Idea of Fun" from their forthcoming LP, "The Weirdness," on their MySpace page. "The Weirdness," which is the first set from the group since 1973, is due in March.

- The Police have confirmed longstanding rumors that they are reuniting for this year's Grammy Awards, taking place February 11 and broadcast on CBS.

- Blabbermouth.net reports that Tool will record shows on its upcoming tour for a live CD/DVD release. Check the article for dates and venues.

- Dance-rock darlings Franz Ferdinand are set to record their next album, the follow-up to 2005's "You Could Have It So Much Better." Frontman Alex Kapranos promises "a whole new sound."

- Billy Joel has returned to pop music after going strictly classical back in 1993. "All My Life," the piano man's new pop single, will debut Feb. 7 on People.com, according to Billboard.

- Superstar producer and artist extraordinaire Timbaland has revealed that his next album will feature the likes of Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, The Hives, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, and She Wants Revenge.

- And finally, Modest Mouse have confirmed the details of their forthcoming album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," now due March 20 (via Epic). Lead single "Dashboard" is impacting radio, MySpace, etc. now and a Motion Theory-directed video is on its way. A world tour is expected in support of the disc. The tracklist is as follows:

"March Into the Sea"
"Fire It Up"
"Parting of the Sensory"
"Missed the Boat"
"We've Got Everything"
"Fly Trapped in a Jar"
"Little Motel"
"Steam Engenius
"Spitting Venom"
"People As Places As People"

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